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A Field Guide to Eastern Trees

By George A. Petrides

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Knowing the trees can help one have successful mushroom hunts. Another good guide is Trees and Shrubs of Virginia, by Oscar W. Gupton and Fred C. Swope.

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A Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern and Central North America

By Roger Conant

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You rarely go wrong with the Peterson Field Guides. Amphibians seem especially threatened by climate change. We need to know and protect them. Another good book, by Donald W. Linzey and Michael J. Clifford, is Snakes of Virginia.

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A Field Guide to the Atlantic Seashore

By Kenneth L. Gosner

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This book used to be subtitled "Invertebrates and Seaweeds of the Atlantic Coast from the Bay of Fundy to Cape Hatteras." It helped me identify comb jellies and a few other weird beasties near Chesapeake Bay.

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A Field Guide to the Moths of Eastern North America

By Charles V. Covell, Jr.

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With this and A Field Guide to Eastern Butterflies, the Peterson series helps us identify some of nature's most beautiful animals.

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A Field Guide to Wildflowers: Northeastern and North Central North America

By Roger Tory Peterson and Margaret McKenny

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This is one of our most-used field guides. Beware of wildflower guides showing the flower but not the rest of the plant - the leaves and stems can be very helpful clues.

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A Guide to Nature in Winter

By Donald Stokes

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Subjects include snow crystals and snow ecology, birds' nests and winter bird behavior, evidence of insects, animals tracks and signs, winter weeds and wildflowers, evergreen plants, and wintering trees.

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Birding by Ear

By Richard K. Walton

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Enables birders to recognize birds of eastern and central North America by their songs and calls. Points out exactly what to listen for to tell one bird from another. Available on both cassette and CD.

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Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America

By Eric R. Eaton and Kenn Kaufman

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This field guide features a LOT of photographs. And there are a LOT of insects! You might also like the Kaufman Field Guide to Butterflies of North America; and in the Peterson Field Guide series, A Field Guide to Insects, as well as A Field Guide to the Beetles of North America.

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Kaufman Field Guide to Mammals of North America

By Nora Bowers, Rick Bowers and Kenn Kaufman

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There are more mammals out there than you think - an acre of land was recorded to have a population of 12,000 voles! You might also like Mammals of the Carolinas, Virginia, and Maryland, by Webster, Parnell, and Biggs.

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Life in the Chesapeake Bay

By Alice Jane Lippson and Robert L. Lippson

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It's not exactly field guide-sized, but IS "an illustrated guide to fishes, invertebrates, and plants of bays and inlets from Cape Cod to Cape Hatteras." It also discusses the natural history of the organisms. Yay!

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